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Owning a Dog Is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk

Pet Ownership

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  • According to a new statement released by the American Heart Association (AHA), having a pet, particularly a dog, may reduce your risk of heart disease
  • People with dogs engaged in more walking and more physical activity, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity
  • Pet ownership is probably associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors and increased survival among patients
  • Pets can have a positive effect on your body’s reaction to stress, including a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and adrenaline-like hormone release when a pet is present

By Dr. Mercola

More than 36 percent of Americans share their homes with a dog, and 30 percent with a cat. This amounts to more than 70 million pet dogs and 74 million pet cats in the US alone.


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